27 Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes,(A)

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In every province to which the edict and order of the king came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing. Many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

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15 “I have sewed sackcloth(A) over my skin
    and buried my brow in the dust.(B)

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He has stripped(A) me of my honor(B)
    and removed the crown from my head.(C)

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19 He throws me into the mud,(A)
    and I am reduced to dust and ashes.(B)

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Therefore I despise myself(A)
    and repent(B) in dust and ashes.”(C)

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then let my enemy pursue and overtake(A) me;
    let him trample my life to the ground(B)
    and make me sleep in the dust.[a](C)

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 7:5 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
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Is this the kind of fast(A) I have chosen,
    only a day for people to humble(B) themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed(C)
    and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?(D)
Is that what you call a fast,
    a day acceptable to the Lord?

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    and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown(A) of beauty
    instead of ashes,(B)
the oil(C) of joy
    instead of mourning,(D)
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting(E) of the Lord
    for the display of his splendor.(F)

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26 Put on sackcloth,(A) my people,
    and roll in ashes;(B)
mourn with bitter wailing(C)
    as for an only son,(D)
for suddenly the destroyer(E)
    will come upon us.

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29 Let him bury his face in the dust(A)
    there may yet be hope.(B)

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16 Then all the princes of the coast will step down from their thrones and lay aside their robes and take off their embroidered(A) garments. Clothed(B) with terror, they will sit on the ground,(C) trembling(D) every moment, appalled(E) at you.

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The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.(A)

When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust.(B) This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh:

“By the decree of the king and his nobles:

Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink.(C) But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call(D) urgently on God. Let them give up(E) their evil ways(F) and their violence.(G)

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When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust.(A)

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21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!(A) For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon,(B) they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.(C)

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